NPR post Wreck and Reference Video

NPR has premiered Wreck and References first video. A track off called Absurdities and Echos off of the bands upcoming 7inch which is titled Content.

View it here.

You can pre-order Content as well as the vinyl edition of the latest Botanist album and new t-shirts for both bands. Please scroll down or go directly to the store.

Thank you.

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Botanist // Wreck and Reference Pre-Sale

We are now accepting pre-orders for the vinyl edition of Botanist IV: Mandragora and limited shirt as well as the new Wreck and Reference 7inch and shirt.

You can pre-order now from the FLENSER STORE

Bontanist IV: Mandragora LP. With new artwork by M.S. Waldron. 12inch vinyl housed in a heavy tip-on jacket with an insert. Mastered for vinyl by Jack Shirley and lacquer cut by Paul Gold. This will be pressed on both black and red vinyl. Red vinyl is limited to 300 copies.

The vinyl edition is clearly a different master from the CD version. The vinyl sounds more dynamic and less compressed whereas the CD sounds more harsh and agressive.

We are printing a small number of shirts featuring the artwork from the Botanist album. Printed on American Apparel stock these will be a one time pressing and we will only make about as many as we have to to fill pre-orders. If you want one please order now.

Wreck and Reference’s new 7inch. Track postings tomorrow. Recorded by the band and mastered by Jack Shirley. On Black and Electric Blue vinyl. Blue vinyl is limited to 250 copies.

We are printing a small number of Wreck and Reference “Angry Man” Shirts. Printed on American Apparel stock these will be a one time pressing and we will only make about as many as we have to to fill pre-orders. If you want one please order now.

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StreamSKAGOS on Invisible Oranges.

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Wreck & reference: Content artwork

Artwork for Wreck & Reference’s upcoming 7inch titled Content (pronounced No Content).

Video premiere soon.

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Flenser/Bosse-de-Nage shirts!

We have the following shirts ready to ship from The Flenser store. All shirts are printed on American Apparel

Bosse-de-Nage “Special Garden” shirt. With artwork by Jacob Rolfe from Loss Of Self. We have a very limited quantity of these.

“Violin” shirt by Bryan Proteau/NATVRES MORTES ILLVSTRATION. This is a re-imagining of the original Flenser Logo

“Monster” shirt by Jacob Rolfe.

We also re-repressed the original “The Flenser” shirt by Kevin Gan Yuen/Viraloptic

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Now Shipping: Trees – Sickness In, Bell Witch update

Trees – Sickness In LP

We are now shipping the vinyl edition of Trees third album Sickness-In from The Flenser. Sickness-In is Trees third album composed of two long songs; almost half an hour of hallucination inducing droning sludge. Orginally released on CD and digital formats by Crucial Blast.

Mastered for vinyl by James Plotkin and cut at 45rpm. Limited to 500 copies.


This is a co-release with Vendetta Records in Germany. Please buy directly from them if you live in Europe.

Bell Witch “Longing” DLP Update

The release of the Bell Witch “Longing” DLP has been delayed because of a bad test. It is taking us longer than normal to resolve this issue because of the large number of Record Store Day titles at press. We will post an update when we have more information.

We still have a few red copies of Bell Witch’s Longing available for pre-order in The Flenser store. Red vinyl is limited to 300 copies.


Europeans are encouraged to pre-order the black version of the album from Burning World Records.

Live Dates:

April 26 – Krems, Austria – Donaufestival
April 30 – Arnhem, Holland – Koninginndeag Festival
May 1 – Paris, France – at La Cantine de
May 3 – London, UK – The Lexington
May 21 – San Francisco, USA – Rickshaw Stop W/Boris

April 6th – San Francisco, CA, USA – Thee Parkside w/ Owl & Winter Teeth (Record Release)

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Now Shipping: Bosse-de-Nage iii DLP

Bosse-de-Nage – iii – DLP

Finally shipping! Affter many problems with the pressing plant The Flenser is now shipping copies of Bosse-de-Nage iii. We would like to thank everyone who has pre-ordered the album and waited patiently.

Bosse-de-Nage’s third album and finest moment thus far. Minimalist black metal from the San Francisco Bay Area. The band’s strongest song writing and a notable drum performance.

DLP mastered at 45 rpm in a single sleeve jacket.

The artwork is an expanded version of the painting found on the CD version released by Profound Lore.

Pressed on both black and clear vinyl. Clear vinyl is limited to 125 pieces and only available from The Flenser. Additional copies of the clear vinyl version of the album have been added to the Flenser store.


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California’s Wreck & Reference are back with a new two-song 7inch, Content (pronounced ‘No Content’), that is truly genre-defying in every way. Heavy and experimental with nods to post-metal, industrial, electronic, noise and doom, this duo’s latest work is a trainwreck of contradictions yet devastatingly somber and addictive. The first track on Content is “Absurdities and Echos”, more melodic and atmospheric than anything the band has done before, while the second song, “Abhorrence” is concise and raw, sharply contrasting with the first. Formed by drummer Ignat Frege and multi-instrumentalist Felix Skinner, Wreck and Reference play by their own rules and create a sound that is unorthodox and captivating – without the use of stringed instruments: using only drums, vocals, and a Korg sampler – on this new 7inch.

Wreck & Reference got started in 2011 in San Francisco, CA and released their demo, the highly-acclaimed Black Cassette, that same year. This demo was first self-released on tape, then later on vinyl through The Flenser. Black Cassette immediately turned heads and upon first listen of this EP, Lurker’s Path said Wreck and Reference were “…redefining heaviness within rock music”, likely due to their use of samples, live drums and vocals to craft a sound that is melancholic and fierce.

The following year, Wreck and Reference released their debut full-length Youth even more critical praise. Invisible Oranges said this two-piece band “…pushes the traditional metal template towards regions unexplored, expanding the sonic legacies of Swans’ filth and Big Black’s harshness.” Even more dark and mysterious than its predecessor, Youth catapulted Wreck and Reference to the forefront of unconventional and mysterious heavy music.

Content will be available on May 21st, 2013 on digital and vinyl formats from avant-garde metal label Flenser Records, and song and video premieres will be announced soon.

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Trees – Sickness-In LP pre-sale

Sludge. Drone. Doom.

You can now pre-order the vinyl edition of Trees third album Sickness-In now from The Flenser. Sickness-In is Trees third album composed of two long songs; almost half an hour of hallucination inducing droning sludge. Orginally released on CD and digital formats by Crucial Blast.

Mastered for vinyl by James Plotkin and cut at 45rpm.
Low-end has not been compromised!

The pressing is limited to a total of 500 copies with a 100 copies on gold vinyl. The Flenser only has a handful of colored copies available for this release. Shipping starts in 3-4 weeks but delays are possible.

This is a split label release with our friends Vendetta Records in Germany. European customers should order from them to save on shipping costs.

Pre-order here

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Skagos – anarchic CD announcement/pre-sale

The Flenser is releasing Skagos “Anarchic” in its entirety on CD. The CD comes housed in a stoughton heavy tip-on gatefold lp style jacket with an 8 page booklet. Various versions of Skagos masterpiece album Anarchic have been floating around for a while now and now finally the entire album is complete and to presented in the package that it deserves.

A rough version of this album was released online last year via Skagos’ bandcamp page and has since been expanded upon with over 17 minutes of new music for this exclusive Flenser release. You can pre-order the CD version of Skagos “Anarchic” CD direct from The Flenser shipping in April.

Pre-order here

Skagos is an altar of life, crafted by living hands, guided by a living mind, in a world dead, but ever dreaming. The band formed in 2007 in the depths of the Cascadian black metal scene as a two-piece that released their first three albums initially on cassette only. Ást, their first full length, was released later on CD by NHR records (and more recently on vinyl) to great critical acclaim, with the Encyclopaedia Metallum calling it an “atmospheric masterpiece”.

Now, Skagos will release their second full-length album, the incredible Anarchic, via Flenser Records on April 23rd. This album is a three-year work in progress and features two tracks that contain sub-track like “movements”; “Anarchic I-IV” and “Anarchic V-VII” , at over 60 minutes in length.

Skagos’ sound has shifted a bit with Anarchic; a departure from Ást and an expansion of their work of the split with Panopticon (2010, The Flenser). Ethereal and atmospheric instrumentation – at times almost hypnotic – is prevalent on the record, and at times is met with visceral guitars and gutted growls. Singy folk elements can also be found on Anarchic, making this an incredibly engaging and dynamic listen. Still lyrically complex focusing on the death of the Earth and the renewal inherent in cyclical time, Anarchic showcases Skagos at their most fully-realized state as a band thus far with an almost symphonic feel to this new album.

Track 1:
The Darkling Plain: 0:00 – 6:07
Wetiko – Cannibalism: 6:08 – 16:50
Await; Dawnrise: 16:51 – 23:12
Spring Speaks Truth: 23:13 – end of Track 1

Track 2:
Corvidae: 0:00 – 7:52
Entropy: 7:53 – 17:04
Feral Dawn: 17:05 – end of Track 2

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